How do I care for someone with Ebola?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
Only highly trained healthcare workers should care for someone who has Ebola. The virus is highly contagious and often deadly. Caring for a patient with Ebola is challenging and requires training -- the teams that successfully treated patients in Atlanta and Nebraska trained for years. That doesn’t mean that it will take years to train current healthcare workers, but it does emphasize the point that extensive training is crucial. 
You should not be caring for a person with Ebola. People with Ebola are extremely ill and should be treated in specialized hospital units with strict infection control procedures. Health care providers who are treating a person with Ebola must wear gloves, a gown, eye protection and a facemask and take other precautions to protect themselves.

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Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. It is caused by a family of viruses that originate in central and west Africa. The disease is rare and occurs in sporadic outbreaks. Ebola is spread through direct co...

ntact with the bodily fluids of infected individuals or objects, such as needles or bedsheets, that have been contaminated with the virus. Your risk of contracting Ebola is very low unless you visit an area where it is widespread. There are no approved treatments for the disease, but some experimental treatments have shown promise. Vaccines are currently under development.

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